How To Make Sure Your Dog Behaves During Wedding Photos

Our wedding day is one of the most important moments in our lives, and when it comes to a wedding photo shoot we want to capture the love we share with our significant other as well as the happiness we have by being surrounded by the people who are important to us. For those of us who love our dogs, that’s not just limited to people either.

There are plenty of married-couples-to-be who want to include their four-legged friend in the photo shoot, and that is certainly understandable and more than welcomed by most photographers you’ll come across. That said, it’s important that your pet is at the top of his or her behavior during this important day so that you’re not wasting anyone’s time nor ruining the photos of your perfect day.

Make Sure To Bring A Leash

If you do nothing else, you should have your dog wear a leash during the photo shoot so that you can keep them reigned in as needed. Unless you have an incredibly well-trained dog (which some people do), it’s just going to take away from many of the frustrations that could come up throughout the day. Plus, it’s going to be helpful for the rest of the celebrations as well. People might get distracted as the night wears on, and it’s a good idea to have the extra insurance to keep your dog safe. You can always let your dog off the leash for periods of time when someone is watching them, but it’s still worth having nearby for when you need it.

Have Them Wear A Bark Collar

Having your dog wear a bark collar is another way that you can keep them acting cordial while the photo shoot takes place. If your dog is well trained with a bark collar, they’ll know just by wearing it that it’s time to be on their best behavior. You can probably even find one with a collar that looks nice as well as fulfills its basic form and function. Top it off with a bow or a suitable tie and your dog will be ready to show that camera what they’ve got with style. Many people will dress their dog up in a tuxedo or a dress depending on their gender so that they can fit in with the party and even match the bridesmaids or groomsmen. Some have even tied their wedding rings to the dog’s collar so that they can be the ring bearer at the moment of the big event.

Keep Lots Of Treats On Hand

Your wedding is a day of celebration, and you’re likely to be indulging in a few of your most favorite treats yourself. Why not extend the favor to your dog as well? In fact, it’s a great way to keep them happy and reward them for good behavior. Plus, they’ll simply be more content when they are fed with treats all day and less likely to cause a disturbance. Some dogs have insurmountable appetites, but many dogs will also fill up on treats making them less likely to devour any scraps that have made it to the floor. This can prevent upsets to their tummies and – heaven forbid – an unplanned visit to the vet.

Can You Give A Dog As A Wedding Gift?

One of the hardest things to decide is a gift that you will give to your friends or family. Some would just get anything available just to get over it. But you are a person who wants it to be special and memorable especially if it is not your typical party. What more if it is for a wedding? You will need to have something that will benefit not only one but both of them.

You may be thinking, you love dogs, and it would be great to share that love with them. But it is not easy though. Before you make that decision, you will have to ask and consider these questions:

Do Both Love Dogs?

As mentioned above, you will not only be given to one person. Keep in mind that it is for a couple, and you should know both of them. Maybe one of them is big a fan of dogs, but the other is not. Because of that, you should be considerate and thoughtful. It might be something that will strain them or get them closer, and it will be hard to gamble on that. If they get to decide that both of them would want to get one in the future, it will be on their hands.

Is It What the Couple Needs?

Every couple has their own needs. Let’s just say that they do both love dogs and planning to have one, this could be your sign to go ahead. But there are times that they have more important needs. Because of that, you might want to contribute with that instead. Another thing to keep in mind is if having one might also strain their other needs.

Are They Both Ready?

Having a pet is a big commitment and responsibility itself. Getting married is also a huge step and commitment. The question would be if they are both ready for this or would want to adjust to married life first? Remember that it will be their decision in the end, because it will be their responsibility. There would be a big possibility that they both want a dog but still need to settle other matters such as a job or a house. In these circumstances, they might be not ready to have an additional responsibility for a pet yet.

What is Your Reason?

You might have specific reasons why you would want to give a dog as a gift. It might be for them to have a good companion or for them to have an instant family. But as mentioned before, it will still depend upon the couple. So if you are planning this, you might want to consult them first and not rush into things. A gift should be something great for them, so make sure that what you will give is worth it for you and for them. If you really want to give them one, why not consider it for later? Even if months went by or for their anniversary, as long as they are now both ready to have that responsibility.

What To Do With Your Dog When You’re Attending A Wedding

You just got invited to a wedding. It is flattering and exciting. Because of that, you would want to get ready for it ahead of time and will definitely schedule appointments because of it. 

But then, you also had a green light to bring your dog along. It is exciting in a way, but you will certainly have the responsibility for that. If you are indeed thinking of taking your dog along in the celebration, here some things you should do and keep in mind:

1. Know About the Venue

There is a big chance that the venue allows animals if you have the go signal. But even if that is the case, you still familiarize yourself with it. For one, the situation is unpredictable. You will not know if your dog would need to attain their business. You should know if the venue has a place for that. You should also check if it is a place good enough for them to play around or not cause any accidents.

2. Always Be Alert

To have your dog with you should have you to be always aware. You may not be the only one who will bring your dog, other guests might also. Because of that, you should watch out for them. You may know your dog well, but not the others. Just make sure that they will not be aggressive with one another. Another thing to keep track of is the place itself. As mentioned above, it should be somewhere they can play around. But you should still watch out so that they will not ruin anything.

3. Consider Other Guests

Not all guests are fine with dogs. Some of them might be allergic or not too fond of them. Because of that, you will have to watch out your dog to not be too excited with other people. Others may take offense with it. Remember, it is a wedding and should be a special day, so be considerate and do not let your dog ruin it for others.

4. Ready Treats and Water

Dogs will need plenty to drink. They will also need something to eat once in a while or they might get agitated. Because of that, you will have to make sure that you prepare treats and water for them. It will also come in handy for them to behave. You can talk to the coordinators about this also. That is to place some water stations for the dogs around.

5. Leave Them at Home

If anything is not according to plans and think it will be more of a hassle, you can just decide to leave them at home. Remember that the day is not really about you, but for the couple who will wed. That means it is their life to celebrate. You can celebrate many other occasions with your dog without any hassle, and there will surely be a lot of those in the future. What is important is you will get to enjoy every moment of it yourself.